Another one of Reygadas' troubled souls at a moment of crisis, caught in the battle between his own cultural values and raw compulsions. That'll be good old 'Catholic guilt' then. Of course subjecting his viewer to overweight people having sex, he forces us to confront our own cultural prejudices - Manet's Olympia springs to mind. So Mubi, will you treat us to another Reygadas in 30 days? Hope so.
Confronting, both thematically and (especially) visually. The film blends religious symbolism with a narrative of poverty and class division, suggesting the path to salvation, and its terminus, can take many forms. A melancholy film personifying a nation's domestic issues.
Though aesthetically in line with the Bresson and Tarkovsky that have influenced his career, it's the most "Mexican" of Reygadas' films in terms of the locations used, the class struggle depicted, its imagery and symbolism. Reygadas' cinema provides a wealth of information, but leaves meaning up to the viewer. This puzzle aims at creating a spiritual crisis, unsolvable perhaps, but wherein lies the heart of the film.
Two things that don't mix: the "art film" and pornography. Wish they would stop trying. Most of the time, as here, the work comes off as something dreamed up by a pretentious adolescent. Again Reygadas apes great filmmakers of old (Bresson, Tarkovsky), but he'll always lack that one essential thing: soul.
Begins with perhaps, the most artful blowjob ever filmed (No, I don't count the latest Wes Anderson film). It also contains some the grossest nudity this side of a John Waters film. There are some great shots, blah blah blah. Ultimately I did not give a shit about the characters or understood their motivations. Yeah, there is some flimsy commentary about the bourgeois's complex relationship w/ working classes
Vergognosamente criticato, Reygadas conferma invece il suo talento visionario e la spettacolare tecnica con la cinepresa. Non ai livelli del suo folgorante esordio (Japòn), ma pur sempre un'opera che lascia il segno, nel bene o nel male, poco importa. Ora aspetto con trepidazione Post Tenebras Lux!